Dear Beautiful One,
Hopefully by now you have started your practice of yoga and are enjoying the myriad of benefits like improved posture, breathing and flexibility. Lets now delve deeper into the philosophy behind the practice and the rich teachings it offers.
The 8 Limbs of Yoga, compiled by the Sage Patanjali over 2,000 years ago, are guidelines for achieving the ultimate goal of Yoga - union with the Divine. Along the way, helping you achieve radiant health, increased mental powers and purity of body & mind.
Union with the Divine can never be achieved without practice of the first 2 limbs, the Yamas and Niyamas. The Yamas are like commandments or ethical rules to live by & the Niyamas are qualities to observe and cultivate.
Yamas - ahimsa (compassion for all living things); satya (truthfulness); asteya (non-stealing); brahmacharya (sense control) and aparigraha (non-grasping).
Niyama - saucha (purity); santosha (contentment); tapas (dedication); svadhyaya (self study) and Ishvara pranidhana (devotion to the Highest Self)
The 3rd Limb is Asana, the postures that promote physical health and stamina. The 4th Limb is Pranayama, the means of controlling the breath and vital energy.
The last four Limbs are increasingly subtle methods of working with the mind.
Pratyahara is the withdrawl of your senses from the material world in order to still the mind.
Dharana is concentration, in which you strive to achieve one pointed mental focus.
Dhyana is meditation. worship and contemplation.
The final Limb is Samadhi, or superconsciousness, is union with the divine - the doorway to bliss and culmination of the Yogic path.
May we all live a full, rich, meaningful, happy & healthy life honouring the gift that it is.
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Peace and Love,